Sea Machines unveils an AI navigation sensor – Digital Ship

Sea Machines Robotics has unveiled AI-ris, a new artificial vision marine navigation sensor designed to improve vessel safety and performance.

Sea Machines’ AI-ris (Artificial Intelligence Recognition and Identification System) uses digital cameras and AI processing to detect, track, classify and geolocate objects, marine traffic and other potential obstacles under various operational conditions, day or night, to improve crew situational awareness.

The US Coast Guard reported that in 2020, 36% of accidents were collisions and allies, with human error attributed as the primary cause. The commercial shipping industry suffers from similar challenges. Sea Machines designed AI-ris to be always alert, with the ability to deliver predictable operational results that can improve vessel reliability, as well as eliminate liabilities caused by human error.

“Sea Machines is dedicated to building the future of ocean mobility. We envision a future with fewer accidents at sea. We are revolutionizing maritime navigation with data-driven intelligence, autonomy and connectivity,” said Michael G. Johnson, CEO of Sea Machines. “AI-ris enables a dramatic increase in performance and safety. Superior computer vision and AI capabilities will ensure a safer and more productive journey.

“AI-ris constantly scans for obstacles and can alert the operator to potentially dangerous situations. It also labels very small objects, like swimmers, kayakers or animals, to very large ones, like another vessel,” said CTO Trevor Vieweg, Sea Machines. “With the ability to detect, classify and geolocate these targets via optical sensors, AI-ris augments and surpasses the capabilities of existing marine sensor technologies, such as radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS), enabling better performance and achieving the highest levels of safety. In the future, this technology could also help responders detect oil spills at sea.”

AI-ris is now commercially available and can be installed on existing ships, as well as new builds.

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